NEW! Monthly zine

Black-and-white zine cover. Title: Heart Haiku. Subtitle: Issue 1, June 2020, Medication. Image: simple clipart pill bottle.

Exciting news! The response to my request for haiku about heart medication was so unexpectedly fantastic that I’ve been able to compile a selection of the contributions into a mini zine! Thank you so much to all of you who gave haiku a go and especially to those of you gave me permission to include your work in the zine. I’m hoping this can be a monthly activity, but of course that depends on YOU contributing. Look out for a new haiku prompt in July…

You can print and fold this zine at home, from a single sheet of A4 paper. Just visit the Creative Resources page, scroll down to ‘Zines to print at home’ and click on the cover image to view or download the PDF file. The lovely folks at Drawn Poorly were kind enough to let me share their instructions for folding etc. and they’re included in the PDF too. The zine really comes alive when you see it folded into its miniature book format so, if you have access to a printer, I’d definitely recommend giving it a go.

Here’s a little video of how the finished zine looks once you’ve printed and folded.

I’d love to hear what you think about Issue 1 of Heart Haiku (leave a comment, please!) and would be very happy to receive your suggestions for future monthly haiku themes.


  1. I love these Haiku’s- they are so personal, interesting and talented. I’m realising I’m not great at counting syllables- but will keep trying 😊

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    • Thanks, Hayley. I love them too – such lovely snapshots of people’s lived experiences. I’ve miscounted the odd syllable too in my time (happens to the best of us – ha!) and I definitely wouldn’t worry about it. You might notice in Issue 2 that there’s a beautiful submission with entirely the “wrong” number of syllables in every line, but it still says so much and I saw no reason not to include it, even though it’s not strictly speaking a haiku. I’m happy for people to use the prompt of haiku writing to express themselves however they like really. Your (non)haiku in your other comment is a case in point – you could “fix” the syllable count easily if you wanted to, but it still tells us a lot about your experience as it is. And I am missing the gym too and feeling the irony of that! Things I never thought I’d say, etc… 🙂


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